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A Guide to Cairo International Film Festival

Oldest cultural event in Africa and the Middle East – a bridge between the cultures of the world. On the Nile river, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Cairo International Film Festival is worth experiencing – a film festival enhancing the role of Egypt in the world of cinema.

An annual film festival held in Cairo, Egypt, established in 1976. CIFF supports and promotes Arab and international film-making, African Cinema, tributes and more. Inaugurated during Egypt’s golden age of cinema, and recognized by the FIAPF in the Arab world and Africa, as well as the oldest in this category – its 38th year and counting.

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Cairo Opera House, opera house in Cairo, Egypt. © ThutmoseIII/Wikimedia Commons

The Cairo International Film Festival serves as a bridge between the cultures of the world. Egypt has enjoyed a strong cinematic tradition since the art of filmmaking was first developed, in 1896. However, Cairo International Film Festival was cancelled in 2011 and 2013, due to budget limitations and political instability in Egypt at that time.

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Cairo International Film Festival red carpet.

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